St. Patrick’s Day is on March 17 each year. In 2018, it falls on a Saturday. The holiday is dangerous for drivers each year because of the number of people who celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with alcohol and then get behind the wheel of a vehicle. However, this year, with the holiday falling on the weekend, the number of DUI accidents could increase because many people will have the holiday and the day after off, so they will not worry about getting up for work after a night of merriment.
This time of year can be extremely hazardous on the roads because of the holiday traffic. People are rushing to finish holiday shopping, leaving town for the holidays, or simply trying to get to and from work as they do every other day of the year. Unfortunately, it is also a time of year where we see an increase in drunk driving incidents. Sadly, deaths from alcohol-impaired driving accidents increased from 2015 to 2016. According to the NHTSA, 10,497 people lost their lives in DUI accidents during 2016. California had the second highest number of DUI fatalities in the nation with 1,059 deaths in 2016. Now that the holidays are upon us, the chance of being involved in a drunk driving accident increases.